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Mumbai Food 2016: Best and worst of the year

2016 was when the Bloody Mary grew up, a Manhattan paowalla came to Mumbai and we got our first candle-lit bar. Krutika Behrawala sifts through to pick the best and worst of the year

Mumbai Food 2016: Best and worst of the year


Overlooking Carter Road promenade, the venue is lit up solely by candles; (inset) restaurateur Zorawar Kalra

Best bar in the city: MasalaBar
A bar lit up solely by candles would've been a far-fetched idea if it weren't for restaurateur Zorawar Kalra. Overlooking the Carter Road promenade, MasalaBar not only offers one of the best views of the Arabian Sea through its magnifying glass encrusted windows (the work of The Busride Design Studio), but also a menu that guarantees a high, with potent concoctions like Mumbai Matinee topped with sattu fizz and Malabar Point infused with vodka, apple and camomile. With bar bites such as 

Litti Chokha Profiteroles, a visit here makes for the perfect boozy night-out.
TIMe: 12 pm to 3 pm; 5 pm to 1 am
AT: Level 1, Gagangiri Apartments, Carter Road, Bandra (W).
CALL: 67701793

Mumbai Food 2016: Best and worst of the year


Chicken Dum Biryani

Best VFM delivery: The 99 Kitchen
2016 saw a spurt of delivery joints with interesting concepts - whether it was Chilli Flakes, a venture by the folks behind Charcoal, offering gourmet half-pizzas, or Paleteria that delivers quirky frozen popsicles, including a Red Wine Sangria variety. However, the BKC takeaway launched by BTP Hospitality scores for its value-for-money deal, where you pick options from a wide menu - pizzas, pastas, Indian meals, soups and biryanis - for Rs 99. It has often been our saviour in these demonetised times.

Mumbai Food 2016: Best and worst of the year


Co-founders (from left) Ajinkya Naik, Narender Singh Atwal, Gaurav Menon and Atul Srivastava. Pic/Poonam Bathija

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Delivery area: BKC, Bandra (e), Santacruz (e), Vakola.
Call: 8080410000

Mumbai Food 2016: Best and worst of the year


Philly Cheese Chicken Sandwich

Best concept: The Boston Butt
As the city's first bar, smokery and charcuterie, it recreates the vibe of a Southern American diner right in SoBo. Deriving its name from a wider cut of the pig shoulder traditionally used for pulled pork recipes, the restaurant sticks to the theme with its plaid corner couches, Prohibition-era drinks and smoked fare in a menu curated by Siddharth Kashyap.

Mumbai Food 2016: Best and worst of the year


Siddharth Kashyap, chef and partner at The Boston Butt 

TIMe: 12.30 pm to 1 am
AT: Rampart Row Building, K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda.
CALL: 9892447669

Mumbai Food 2016: Best and worst of the year

Dishy bartender
Mixologist Myles Carroll, who flew down from Philadelphia as part of the 1 Tippling Place craft cocktail pop-up at the Olive Bar & Kitchen, won us over with his theatrics and superb bartending skills. Helps that he's a looker, no?

Mumbai Food 2016: Best and worst of the year

Street snack of the year: Twisted Potato
This monsoon, Mumbai's rasta food scene was hit by the Twisted Potato tornado when 42-year-old businessman Bharat Nisar adapted a popular snack from South Korea and Thailand at a stall in Irla lane in Vile Parle (W). Priced at `50, it features thin and crispy, deep-fried potato spiral sprinkled with peri peri masala. It is topped with a variety of mayo sauces, served on a long stick. No wonder even six months later, queues here refuse to die down.
TIMe: 11 am to 9.30 pm (all days)
AT: Shop No 4 and 5, Irla Society Road, Vile Parle (W).

Mumbai Food 2016: Best and worst of the year


Ceviche Classico with cubes of seabass and sweet potato confit

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